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2020-10-05 11:54:58
by Rachel Marsden
Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty

PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks... Read More

PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks along the lines of: “If (the candidate I oppose) wins, I’m moving to (state that overwhelmingly supports the candidate I... Read More

2020-10-02 11:46:27
by Mary Sanchez
How Should We Begin to Rethink Policing?

The nation is screaming Black Lives Matter. The president keeps communicating that they do not. Among the latest evidence of... Read More

The nation is screaming Black Lives Matter. The president keeps communicating that they do not. Among the latest evidence of the disconnect is the fact that a federal judge halted President Donald Trump’s version of how policing will reform. The... Read More

2020-10-01 11:46:25
by John Kass
What Trump Said About the Proud Boys Was Unconscionable

President Donald Trump’s failure to loudly and forcefully condemn white supremacists in his debate with Joe Biden was an unmitigated... Read More

President Donald Trump’s failure to loudly and forcefully condemn white supremacists in his debate with Joe Biden was an unmitigated disaster that may have cost him a chance at reelection. What Americans witnessed in the chaotic dumpster fire of a... Read More

To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By

Twenty-eight years ago, I watched all three presidential debates at home with my dad. The I992 campaign gave America an... Read More

Twenty-eight years ago, I watched all three presidential debates at home with my dad. The I992 campaign gave America an incumbent Republican president widely viewed as a WWII hero, experienced in public policy and clearly a decent man debating a young,... Read More

2020-09-30 11:46:24
by Leonard Pitts
There Is a Fire in the House of Democracy

Just last week, the headlines were inescapable. They stemmed from a story in The Atlantic detailing what amounts to the... Read More

Just last week, the headlines were inescapable. They stemmed from a story in The Atlantic detailing what amounts to the Republican Party plotting a coup. Which is to say, cooking up Electoral College schemes designed to keep Donald Trump in... Read More

2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton
Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and... Read More

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

2020-09-16 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts
We Give a Damn Too Late

LOS ANGELES - We gave a damn too late. Sometimes, I think that will be the legacy of this generation.... Read More

LOS ANGELES - We gave a damn too late. Sometimes, I think that will be the legacy of this generation. Or maybe I’m just tired of seeing people walking around without masks as if a pandemic had not taken almost... Read More

2020-09-13 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts
Trump’s Many Lies No Longer Shock Us

We weren’t going to normalize this. Remember that? Remember the way many of us solemnly vowed we would always maintain... Read More

We weren’t going to normalize this. Remember that? Remember the way many of us solemnly vowed we would always maintain the ability to be outraged, hold on to our capacity for shock? Well, after almost four years that have passed... Read More

2020-09-09 14:50:38
by Leonard Pitts
What Was in It for Them?

The American Cemetery at Normandy sits on a bluff overlooking the beach where, on June 6, 1944, American soldiers waded... Read More

The American Cemetery at Normandy sits on a bluff overlooking the beach where, on June 6, 1944, American soldiers waded ashore to begin the invasion of France. The old battlefield is marked with shell craters and gun pits offering mute... Read More

2020-09-08 14:50:28
by Rachel Marsden
Why Trump Could Win a Second Term

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many... Read More

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found... Read More

2020-09-02 14:50:29
by Leonard Pitts
The Year of Our Fragility

This is almost four months early. Ordinarily, Christmas trees are looking peaked, and George Bailey has long since realized that... Read More

This is almost four months early. Ordinarily, Christmas trees are looking peaked, and George Bailey has long since realized that he had a wonderful life when pundits begin to summarize the year and assign it a theme. But given the... Read More

The VA Needs to Follow the FDA’s Guidance on Smoking Alternatives

According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) annual member survey 34% of veterans use tobacco products versus 13.7%... Read More

According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) annual member survey 34% of veterans use tobacco products versus 13.7% of their civilian counterparts (2018 data). Smoking cigarettes is detrimental to a person’s health, and quitting is the best path... Read More

Gen Z and Millennials are Unequivocally Resurging #MeToo

The #MeToo movement that started in 2017 is still very much alive and thriving in 2020, and with good reason.... Read More

The #MeToo movement that started in 2017 is still very much alive and thriving in 2020, and with good reason. A recent report from Buzzfeed News shockingly revealed 36 former employees of the Ellen Show encountered harassment and sexual assault... Read More

Why an Anti-Trust Safe Harbor Is the Answer the News Business Needs

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This... Read More

News consumption is growing exponentially, but for the past decade, the revenue to news publishers has been on a decline. This is, in large part, because of the unbalanced relationship between news publishers and tech platforms. But that relationship could be... Read More

Moving Forward Together in the Face of a Global Pandemic

This global pandemic knows no borders and has no regard for politics. Like Americans who have come together to take... Read More

This global pandemic knows no borders and has no regard for politics. Like Americans who have come together to take steps to bend the curve, our elected officials have also come together swiftly and in a bipartisan manner to provide... Read More

COVID-19 Is About to Make Our Affordable Housing Crisis Much Worse. Here’s One Way to Help Stem the Tide

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March,... Read More

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic created a global economic downturn, the U.S. faced a mounting affordable housing crisis. In March, the National Low Income Housing Coalition estimated that the U.S. needs at least 7 million more affordable units to sufficiently house extremely... Read More

Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s... Read More

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s done this for more than three decades as a home health care worker. One of Joyce’s patients suffered a stroke... Read More

America’s Mariners Perform Essential Work During COVID-19 Crisis

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full... Read More

Each week, tug boat operators cross the Bering Sea from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, to Akutan Island, towing a barge full of groceries, medicine and other life-sustaining provisions. After offloading the cargo, containers full of fish products are loaded onto the... Read More

Veterans Need Help to Quit Smoking. Smoking Alternatives Can Help.

As a veteran advocacy organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) focuses on non-partisan priority issues all Americans can... Read More

As a veteran advocacy organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) focuses on non-partisan priority issues all Americans can support, like combating veteran suicide and access to post military education. These priorities are driven by veteran responses to IAVA’s... Read More

Congress Must Return to Session

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American... Read More

There is no question that the United States is in crisis. A global pandemic and economic crisis have upended American life, costing lives and leaving millions of families without a way to make ends meet. In the face of this... Read More

2020-05-05 21:36:40
by Levi Lefebure
Report: Williams CEO Scuttled a Merger Directors and Shareholders Wanted

As a four-year-old court battle over a breakup fee for an ill-fated merger between two energy pipeline companies continues, a... Read More

As a four-year-old court battle over a breakup fee for an ill-fated merger between two energy pipeline companies continues, a new report by the Market Institute details a shocking campaign by Williams Companies CEO Alan Armstrong to scuttle the merger... Read More

Caregivers of Americans With Disabilities Cannot Be Left Behind in COVID-19

The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is concerning to most Americans, but it is particularly critical for individuals with intellectual... Read More

The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is concerning to most Americans, but it is particularly critical for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and those with acquired disabilities as seen in people with brain and spinal cord injuries or... Read More

2020-04-21 12:13:27
by Cynthia Fisher
Hospitals: As We Fight COVID-19, Drop the Lawsuits Stop Suing the Government, Taxpayers, and Patients

A recent survey found 91 percent of Americans want healthcare price transparency – and support that hospitals and healthcare facilities be required... Read More

A recent survey found 91 percent of Americans want healthcare price transparency – and support that hospitals and healthcare facilities be required to publicly disclose the prices of their services. Hospitals – which, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, have already... Read More

2020-04-16 16:41:36
by Craig Singleton
“Trust Us” - Exposing Huawei’s Influence Playbook in the COVID Era

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc around the world, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its media surrogates have turned to a... Read More

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc around the world, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its media surrogates have turned to a familiar messaging playbook to manipulate the narrative surrounding the outbreak, one well-steeped in disinformation, denial, and deceit. As phrases like... Read More

2020-04-10 16:44:39
by Stephen B. Pociask
NFIP Is the Anti-Robin Hood of Disaster Relief

Floods are America’s most common natural disaster, causing millions of dollars of damage each year. To protect consumers, FEMA’s National... Read More

Floods are America’s most common natural disaster, causing millions of dollars of damage each year. To protect consumers, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides coverage for over 5 million policyholders. But analysis of recently released FEMA data shows that... Read More

2020-03-27 13:52:57
by Samantha Hafermann
Lawsuit Alleges That Williams CEO Secretly Undermined Billion Dollar Deal

An unusual case of corporate intrigue in the energy industry is winding its way through the legal system with potentially... Read More

An unusual case of corporate intrigue in the energy industry is winding its way through the legal system with potentially far-reaching consequences for policing corporate governance and the bounds of mergers and acquisitions, particularly the rules of the game when... Read More

2020-03-23 13:46:32
by Captain Lee Moak
How the Trump Administration Can Keep the Aviation Industry Alive and Save Millions of Jobs

As a labor leader with more than two decades of experience in the turbulent airline industry, I urge our government... Read More

As a labor leader with more than two decades of experience in the turbulent airline industry, I urge our government leaders to move with speed to provide immediate grants to keep this vital national industry alive.  The U.S. government has... Read More

2020-03-16 20:04:33
by Jeremy Butler
In Light of Coronavirus Outbreak, Veterans Need Assurance That the VA Is Prepared

Fear and concern regarding the novel coronavirus continues to grow daily with an alarming number of new patients diagnosed around... Read More

Fear and concern regarding the novel coronavirus continues to grow daily with an alarming number of new patients diagnosed around the world every day. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the leading post-9/11 veterans services organization, and as... Read More

2020-03-06 20:38:38
by Craig Singleton
How the Novel Coronavirus Could Drive Policy Solutions in Long-Suffering Venezuela

As economists work to assess the full-extent of the coronavirus’ effect on both the U.S. economy and global markets, there... Read More

As economists work to assess the full-extent of the coronavirus’ effect on both the U.S. economy and global markets, there are already serious indications that the oil and gas sector will be severely impacted for the first half of 2020,... Read More

2020-02-26 15:32:22
by Kaylin Trychon
Why Security Should Be Your Next Social Good Investment

In his annual letter on corporate governance, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink doubled down on the concept that companies cannot achieve long-term profits... Read More

In his annual letter on corporate governance, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink doubled down on the concept that companies cannot achieve long-term profits without embracing purpose and focusing on sustainability. In the letter, Fink states that brands must have a better understanding of... Read More

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